Bare legs Brian’s kilt challenge

Brian Jackson is fundraising to fight Motor Neurone Disease by wearing a kilt every day in 2017. Brian is pictured withy Lawrie Sutcliffe from Yorkshire Kilts and Ian Duffy from The City of Sheffield Pipe Band. Picture Scott Merrylees
Brian Jackson is fundraising to fight Motor Neurone Disease by wearing a kilt every day in 2017. Brian is pictured withy Lawrie Sutcliffe from Yorkshire Kilts and Ian Duffy from The City of Sheffield Pipe Band. Picture Scott Merrylees
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A Sheffield grandad who wore shorts for a year is baring his legs again in a kilt – but it will cost you to find out what is underneath.

Brian Jackson, from Greenhill, raised £11,000 for charity last year by donning shorts every day, come rain, wind and even a blizzard.

The 73-year-old, whose exploits earned him the nickname ‘Bare Legs Brian’, clearly thinks Sheffielders haven’t seen enough of his sturdy pins.

He has vowed to sport a kilt throughout 2017, with the Sheffield tartan donated by the City of Sheffield Pipe Band and Yorkshire Kilts.

Brian will again be raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in memory of his late wife Chris, who died from the condition four years ago, aged 67.

Anyone asking what is underneath must pay a pound for the answer, which he says will vary from day to day.

“During 2015, someone told me I could always wear a skirt and I replied ‘no way’, but that got me thinking and I decided on a kilt instead,” said the retired Abbey Lane Primary School teacher.

“I’ll be wearing a sporran and whenever anyone asks what’s under the kilt I’ll open the sporran and say it will cost you a pound to find out.

“My answers will vary from the very polite, like ‘whatever it is it’s in full working order’, to the more risqué, where you have to be careful who you’re talking to.

“All money raised will help to improve the quality of life for people living with MND and also help research into the dreadful fatal disease.”

Brian said one day in 2015, he ventured out in his shorts into a blizzard when the wind was ‘blowing horizontal’ and it was so cold his glasses became encrusted with ice.

He says he will also be wearing Sheffield tartan as a tribute to Gavin Nicol, a much-loved band member who died in 2012.

n Brian will update followers about his fundraising throughout 2017 via Twitter @BareLegsBrian and Facebook – Barelegsbrian. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/BareLegsBrian, or TEXT: BLB72 70070.